Whyyyy must music be so confusing

I really need some mnemonics because, even if I know the base note, every time I want to know what notes are available in the major or minor scale I need to look it up and it all seems so random and makes no sense

Addendum: what I learned of music in school back in Spain gave the notes entirely different names ("do" through "si") so I essentially have to re-learn what little I knew

It was awful. In Spanish, "sharp" is "sostenido" (4 syllables) and "flat" is "bemol" (2 syllables) so talking about notes is extremely awkward


Bonus content: "sostenido" translated literally means "held", so you can imagine a kid's confusion when it has absolutely nothing to do with holding a note, it's about pitch instead

@socks@social.emisocks.com flashbacks to this grade when I tried to ask the teacher why long and short vowels were called long and short and just kept getting the sounds as an answer. (For any who don't know, way in the past English did do a length distinction but those length changes turned into sound changes over time)

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